6 online dating tips

Still have questions about online dating? Find advice on how to find a date you'll connect with through the Internet.

By Jen Kirsch

Have you tried online dating?
There is a bit of a stigma about online dating. You might think it's for people who are less social than you are. Or perhaps you're worried that someone you know might come across your dating profile and tease you about it. But everybody knows someone who has met their spouse or significant other online, so there is evidence that good things can come of dating in the digital world.

Julie Spira, an online dating expert, bestselling author and founder of cyberdatingexpert.com, shares six tips for finding a date online.

1. Create an irresistible profile
The first step toward making an online connection is to create a profile that gets noticed. "Men are so visual, they don't read your entire profile. But they do look through your photos," says Spira.

She recommends looking your best for these pictures and to post three to five images, since men respond more favourably to a higher number of photos. Your primary photo should be a headshot where you're smiling and looking into the camera, and where you look relaxed and approachable. You should also include a full-length shot.

"If you don't post a full-length photo he will think you have something to hide," Spira says. "Men want to see the full package." The next shot should be an activity shot, maybe of you on vacation or doing an activity that you enjoy, to show off more of your personality.

2. Pursue online dating like you would a job
When you're on the hunt for a new job, you invest time in putting together a clean résumé that presents you well and searching for the perfect positions to apply for. And when you get a call back for an interview, you put your best foot forward whether it ultimately leads to a job or not. If it doesn't, you don't quit looking for a job, you stay on the hunt until you find one.

The same idea applies to dating online, says Spira. Don't let a bad experience discourage you or cause you to write off online dating as a whole. "Make the kind of effort that you put into your business résumé and consider your online profile your love life résumé," she says.

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